Amino Acids and Proteins Cryptogram solution and Bonus Amino Acid question….

So For those of you who attempted my amino acids and proteins crytogram here is the message that you were supposed to decipher:


Yup taken straight from BiochemJM’s awesome youtube amino acids and protein series of videos. Congratulations if you figured it out. Your prize is another challenge….

Challenge accepted you say? I’d think twice about that….

My Bonus Amino Acid question for you is…..

What is Sheldon Cooper’s favorite amino acid? *muhahahaha evil laugh* bet you weren’t expecting that 😛 take a look at this clip to find out

DUHHH it’s lysine!!  Isn’t lysine is everybody’s favorite amino acid?? 😛 haha . Wondering why Sheldon’s favorite amino acid is Lysine? Maybe the following facts will help us to understand his choice…

Lysine is an essential amino acid that can be found in animal protein. This means that the human body cannot synthesize lysine on its own but since it is necessary for various functions it must be obtained through our diets. Lysine is integral for producing antibodies, enzymes and hormones and is essential for growth and repair of tissues. L-lysine aids in the body’s absorption and retention of calcium as well as enhances the immune system. Sources of lysine include chicken,turkey, pork, eggs and fish to name a few. For our vegetarian friends, legumes and soy products are a good source of L-lysine.

Deficiency of lysine is rare but the symptoms will include enzyme disorders, lack of energy, hair loss, weight loss and retarded growth and anemia to name a few.

L-lysine is used as a supplement to treat the herpes simplex virus as well as prevent osteoporosis and cataracts. L-lysine also helps manufacture carnitine which is a nutrient that helps to lower cholesterol levels and converts fatty acids into energy. L-lysine also enhances the production of collagen in conjunction with Vitamin C. This is why L-lysine  has shown to be effective in the treatment of skin lesions associated with herpes as well as shingles.

Although the list of benefits of Lysine go on and on it must be noted that excessive build up of protein in the body can lead to liver and kidney problems.